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Happy Voting Day, America!

Posted by helen on November 8, 2016

Heading to the polls….Barbie wears white, in honor of  the suffragists wore white as they fought for women’s right to vote in America.

Red Pantsuits are Powerful!

if Barbie doesn’t win the Presidency, she can always go back to be a Princess… Either Madam President  or Her Royal Highness… Barbie has nothing to lose.

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Vote your Future

Posted by helen on November 6, 2016


No matter the issue, the platform or the candidate you support – the most impactful way to shape the future of our country is to vote

Barbie for President!  lol

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Happy November

Posted by helen on October 31, 2016

Hudson’s Bay Barbie is the only doll I purchased in October, so I make her my Miss November. She is a department store doll , perfect for November when the shopping season begins.,  think abut it—Black Friday!

oh, some poor Turkeys are going to be sacrificed..

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Happy Halloween

Posted by helen on October 31, 2016

Maleficent makes a perfect Halloween Villain

Happy Halloween to All!

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Barbie’s Glue Head Syndrome continues…

Posted by helen on October 26, 2016

As much as I like some new Ever After High & Fashionistas dolls, I have not purchased any recently, as most of them have glue inside their heads,  I hate glued heads, even without glue seepages, I still hate them!

My guessing was Mattel’s factories now use a new type of Hair Rooting Machines that can only push the hair into the head then glue it, it can not sew chain stitches (double-thread lockstitches) as the old machines did, and this type of new Machines is cheap.

To confirm my theories,  I  contacted a Production Coordinator who works for Mattel in Shen Zhen, China.

She explained the factories now use a new kind of “Automatic” Hair Rerooting Machines that do not require workers to sew the hair  like it use to be—it saves Labor cost,  glue is the only way to secure the hair.  —- so I was right,  they now use the rooting machines that can not do the chain stitches, but I didn’t know they now have “Automatic” system!  It’s safe to bet Mattel will continue to ignore our complaints since it wont throw the new machines out of the windows.  Gee, shall we hate such advanced technology?   we can only hope a genius would design a more advanced auto machine that can do chain stitches the same way as the old manually-operated machines did.

I have no idea how the “auto” rooting machine works ,  here is a YouTube video that shows how the old Manually-operated machine works, as you can see, it is Labor-intensive —  I guess Mattel laid off more workers with the help of “Auto” machines.

I still have a bunch of brand new playline dolls that have glues, I m ready to drop them off at Walgreen’s when this  holiday season comes. —-Walgreen’s  launched its  “toy Drive” in 2011,  you can donate new, unwrapped toys at Walgreens near you.  Each year I bring some playline Barbie dolls to the nearby store, its so convenient.  I hate glues, but  Mattel made a statement that these Glues are safe for Children–you’d better believe it.

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Barbie 2017 Calendar Girls —Jan & Feb

Posted by helen on October 16, 2016

Have you ordered the new Barbie 2017 Calendar ? these are the design concept sketches, but Barbie probably wont have these fashions made by Mattel.  I’ll try a few of them just like I did in 2009.

Jan. 2017   Pink Garden Dress with Hat

It took me a week to make this dress.

Feb 2017,  Polka Dot Dress

Polka dots are timeless, this dress is a classic 50s style designed  by Adele Simpson

People often cry out loud for the little purse that Mattel no longer offers, so I have to make one:


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Hudson’s Bay Barbie

Posted by helen on October 15, 2016

Hudson’s Bay Barbie is a thoughtfully designed doll. she has very nice outfits and accessories, the whole package is very presentable.

But the doll itself falls flat, nothing so special or unique about this face, its another blond Barbie basic dolls

I decided to  let my Travel doll model the Hudson Fashion,  then we left home for a street Fair, she wasn’t buying anything but fishing compliments:  “oh, I love this doll!” “she is so pretty…”  lol

Lots interesting things to see at the fair:

Panda Bear!

Monkey face?


shoes,  not Barbie’s size!

these Little Dolls are keychains


Modern Art

The “Jewish Center”

Time to go home:

Wait, we need to check out this store:

you’ll have more fun if you can manage to pay a lot less.

we did not come home empty-handed, we bought 3 miniature  “food” trays include Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.  so our “Thanksgiving Feast” is ready.




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Skull Sheath

Posted by helen on October 10, 2016

A little dress for big Halloween.

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Pumpkins, spiders & Black Cats, Halloween is on the way

Posted by helen on October 6, 2016

Halloween is just around the corner, who has the most fun? of course Barbie!

The dress is hand-embroidered, I bet not many people in America are still hand-embroidering.

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Happy October

Posted by helen on October 1, 2016

Happy October! I love October much more than July or August. the weather is pleasant, stores are stocking up for Holidays.  Some stores already put out Christmas stuffs even Halloween is one month away…  there are Art Festivals and Street fairs in my neighborhood, and… some new Barbie dolls are hitting the market…  lots of excitements…

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